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VIDEO: Police use a woman as human shield as protesters throwing rock at them – WATCH

A concerned citizen filmed police using a woman as a human shield in Conakry, Guinea on January 29. The FRANCE 24 Observers team spoke with a man who cared for the woman after the incident, to find out what happened and how she is doing.

The video, which is just over three minutes long, shows a police officer holding onto a woman and pushing her in front of him as he advances alongside several other officers. The police were facing off with several young men during the latest in a series of protests against the possibility of President Alpha Condé serving a third term.

The three officers push the woman in front of them for several metres, apparently to protect themselves from the rocks that the young men are throwing. Eventually, the scene ends in chaos after one of the officers fires a shot. The police retreat, one grabbing the woman and half-dragging, half-carrying her.

She ran into the police officers, who told her to keep close because there were a group of rowdy young protesters nearby. But it was a trap because it quickly became clear that the officers actually wanted to use her as a shield from the young men, who were throwing rocks at them. The police had run out of tear gas and so they decided that they’d use this woman to keep themselves safe. They wanted to negotiate with the protesters, but they refused.

Travel 48 hours in Marrakech, an insider guide to the Red City

Where Europe, Africa and the Middle East mingle and merge

Founded almost a thousand years ago, Marrakech is one of the great cities of the Maghreb. Somehow this bursting-at-the-seams city exists on the edge of the Sahara Desert, its pink pise (rammed earth) palaces framed by the snow-capped High Atlas. In its seething souks, Europe, Africa and the Middle East mingle and merge, and the past and present are hard to tell apart. But make no mistake, Marrakech isn’t some petrified piece of history. Instead, this centuries-old trading hub is a creative sweet spot where ideas thrive and a buzz of entrepreneurialism charges the air with an intoxicating, and sometimes, intimidating energy. This isn’t a place you can gracefully glide through. Instead, you’ll find yourself telling jokes with snake charmers, hankering after the latest henna tattoo or getting a scrub down in the local hammam. Pause for unexpected beauty and banter, after all, what are the chances you’ll come this way again?

Source: 48 hours in . . . Marrakech, an insider guide to the Red City

VIDEO: CRAZY Fight of Python, honey badger and 2 jackals in Africa  – WATCH

A shocking video of a python, honey badger and two jackals fighting each other has gone viral after a group of tourists recorded it on safari in Africa.

Source: Shocking video of python, honey badger and jackals fighting each other goes viral

SHOCKING VIDEO: Thousands of small African children are working for millions of Americans’ products – WATCH

How mica mined by kids in Madagascar ends up in products used by millions of Americans.

TARANTA-BAS, Madagascar — A boy climbs out of a pit in the ground and shields his eyes from the sun. His hands and feet are covered in dust, his T-shirt and shorts covered in rips.

The boy has spent the last several hours working inside the pit. Now above ground, he proudly holds up an example of his labor: a silvery sheet of mica, the iridescent mineral shimmering in the afternoon light.

The boy is 10 years old, but he doesn’t go to school. He works for much of the day — and sometimes through the night — crawling through pitch-black tunnels inside the makeshift mine, his fingers picking through the earth, collecting and sorting shards of mica.

Source: ‘We don’t have any choice’: Thousands of kids perform backbreaking labor for America’s products

SHOCKING VIDEO: Wounded elephant hacked to death in Kenya – WATCH

Shocking footage shows elephant being hacked to death by mob after they chased it out of their village and it stumbled and broke its leg – as Kenyan officials launch hunt for attackers

  • Disturbing video shows a wounded elephant being hacked to death in Kenya 
  • Animal is shown laying on the ground as men hack at it with machetes and axes
  • Kenya Wildlife Service said attack happened in June last year after two elephants raided a farm near the city of Meru, before one fell and broke its leg 
  • Investigators vowed to use the new footage to track down and arrest the culprits 

Source: Shocking footage shows elephant being hacked to death by mob in Kenya

MASSACRE of Canadian company: At least 37 dead, 60 wounded in attack on mining employees in Burkina Faso

Dozens of people have reportedly been killed and injured after a convoy carrying employees of a Canadian-owned mine was attacked in eastern Burkina Faso.

The convoy, escorted by military personnel, was comprised of five buses transporting national employees, contractors and suppliers of the Mining Exploration Society in West Africa (SEMAFO), the gold mining company said in a statement Wednesday.

Citing authorities, Reuters and The Canadian Press reported that the attack claimed 37 lives. More than 60 people were injured, the outlets reported.

Source: 37 dead in attack on mining employees in Burkina Faso: reports